"African Cross-Currents in Atlantic Cultures" Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scholars of African ethnicities and cultures in the Diaspora are invited to apply for a one-year, postdoctoral fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute's Center for Advanced Studies of Race, Ethnicity, and Society in Africa and the Atlantic World at the University of Virginia, to begin August 1, 2001. We are particularly interested in projects related to West and Central African ethnicities and cultures.

Funded by the Ford Foundation, this teaching and research fellowship is designed to advance individual scholarship while facilitating the reconceptualization of African and African-American Studies through interdisciplinary collaboration. During their residency, fellows will be expected to participate in the Woodson Institute's workshops and conferences; deliver up to four guest lectures in introductory African and African-American Studies classes; and teach one undergraduate or graduate seminar. Fellows will receive a $30,000 salary, plus up to $10,000 in benefits and research support.

Application deadline for the 2001-2002 fellowship competition has been extended to Feb. 15, 2001; all materials must be postmarked by that date.


The fellowship competition is open to qualified candidates without restriction to citizenship or residence except for current University of Virginia employees, who may not apply. (Former employees of the University may not apply against the deadline which falls within the twelve months immediately following the termination of the employment.) Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the time of application or furnish proof that it will be received by June 30, 2001.

Application Materials (five copies of each item except where noted)

1. Completed summary sheet (click here for copy in html text format).

2. Curriculum Vita (two pages), which should include dates and locations of degrees earned, courses taught, recent employment history (last ten years), honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, and publications.

3. Project description. In 2000 words or less (double-spaced), describe your project. State the thesis and explain how it contributes to reconceptualizing African and African-American Studies. Include a bibliography of no more than four pages.

4. Syllabus for proposed course to be taught during fellowship period.

5. Three confidential letters of reference evaluating the project sent directly to the Woodson Institute by the referee (original only).

Please send completed applications to:

African Cross-Currents Selection Committee
Carter G. Woodson Institute
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400162
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162
Telephone: 804-924-3109
E-mail: woodson@gwis.virginia.edu

Applicants will be notified of the decision on their applications by mid-March 2001.